Los músicos ambulantes (2002)

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Video documentation of Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani's performance Los Músicos Ambulantes ("Traveling Musicians") presented as part of the 3rd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2002 in Lima, Peru under the title "Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere." In this performance, Yuyachkani is an exploration of Peru's rich folkloric traditions, using animal masks and music, humor and a child-like concept of a farm animal cosmos to tell the parable about four aging domestic animals that run away and form a quartet rather than be put out to pasture or face the butcher's block. Based on Luis Enríquez & Sergio Bardotti's "Los Saltimbanquis" and the Brothers Grimm's classic fairy tale "The Town Musicians of Bremen," the performance tells the story of the journey of four musician animals from four different regions of Peru: an Afro-Peruvian hen ("La Plumosa"), a donkey from the Southern plains ("El Burro"), a cat from the rainforest region ("La Michicha"), and a dog from the Northern coastal area ("El Chusco"). The animals abandon their hometowns in search of their dreams in the capital city; upon meeting each other along the way, and after many adventures and exploits, they decide to form a music group, the "Músicos Ambulantes" (Traveling Musicians), and to tour the country telling their multiethnic story. The resulting performance, by now a classic piece in Yuyachkani's repertoire (performed since 1983), is a popular musical theater celebration of Peruvian cultural and ethnic diversity.


Additional Info

  • Título: Los músicos ambulantes
  • Alternate Title: The traveling musicians
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duração: 01:13:07
  • Idioma: Spanish
  • Data da performance: 7 Jul 2002
  • Lugar: Lima, Peru, as part of the Third Annual Hemispheric Institute Seminar entitled Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere.
  • Type/Format: performance
  • Cast/Performers: Teresa Ralli, Augusto Casafranca, Débora Correa, Ana Correa, Julián Vargas, Amiel Cayo.
  • Credits: Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani, producer, creator ; Miguel Rubio, director ; Raúl Gallegos, videographer ; Nadia Baram, videographer ; Fidel Melquíades, technical designer.